Florence, Italy

Summer 2020 Programs have been cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Students who turned in their $500 deposit can roll over their application to Fall 2020 or be automatically accepted into Summer 2021. 


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the summer in Florence, Italy. On-site, the program is coordinated by Lorenzo de’ Medici.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Studio Art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, restoration, ceramics, graphic design, interior design, jewelry design)
  • Art History
  • History
  • Sociology

Informational meetings: TBA

2021 application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 17

2021 program dates: late May to late June

Students may choose from a variety of courses taught in English, and Italian (elementary through advanced levels) at Lorenzo de’ Medici.

Host Institution

Established in 1973, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is located in the heart of this elegant city, on Via Faenza, in the San Lorenzo quarter, just a few steps from the famous Medici Chapel and the San Lorenzo Market. Originally a convent, the main building was completely renovated in 1988. It occupies four floors and offers a variety of modern conveniences, such as a cafeteria, air conditioning, reading rooms, three professional kitchens, and a garden. The church of San Iancopo di Corbolini dates to the 13th Century and is an integral part of the school. LdM is an urban school, consisting of six building sites within walking distance of one another.


The UHM Summer in Florence program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. The program runs from late May until late June. Levels of Italian courses offered range from beginning to advanced, meeting four days a week. Students are taught grammar and syntax at each level. Particular care is given to widening the students’ vocabulary by means of reading and conversation. Upon arrival in Florence, students take a language placement exam (written and oral) to determine the appropriate language level and to maximize language learning. In addition, there are also courses offered in English, which meet four times a week. Students can choose to take only these courses in English or a combination of Italian language. All students must be enrolled in a total of 6 credits, or 2 classes.

The UHM Study Abroad Center appoints a designated UHM Resident Director when appropriate. The Resident Director oversees students’ academic progress and mentors all participants. All students must participate in experiential learning activities led by the Resident Director in addition to taking classes at the host institution.


Please consult LdM’s online course schedule page to view the most updated information on the courses offered. Select “Florence” and “June” as the location and summer term. You may also view a tentative schedule for Summer 2020.

Click here for a list of LdM Florence courses with UHM course equivalencies. Not all courses listed will be offered in the summer. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

LdM offers classes in English and in Italian within four main divisions:

Art and Sciences (classes taught in English)

Anthropology, Archaeology and Classical Studies, Art History, Communications, Gender Studies, History of Architecture, International Business, Literature and Writing, Mathematics, Music, Cinema and Theatre Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Creative Arts (classes taught in English)

Music and Theatre Performance, Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Restoration and Sculpture and Ceramics.

Design (classes taught in English)

Fashion Design & Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Jewelry Design.

Italian Language Learning

Courses in Italian Language (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels).


Summer 2021: TBD

Courses taken at LDM will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

Current as of June 12, 2020.


Amidst the beauty of the rolling hills of the Tuscan Valley lies Florence, a city replete with history and charm. Florence is definitively one of the preeminent treasures of Europe. It is through Florence’s beginning as a Roman settlement in the First Century B.C. and provincial capital at the height of the Roman Empire that one finds the framework for its future greatness.

Due to its link to antiquity, Florence spurred a revolution which shook Europe by becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance. The move from feudal conflicts with the rise of the Medici “dynasty” under the guidance of Giovanni di Bicci allowed commerce to flourish. In turn, this created an environment conducive to intellectual pursuits. Foremost on the list of intellectual pursuits was the study of antiquity. Soon, the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome became a Florentine passion.

Modern-day Florence is also shaped by its recent history. In 1865 Florence became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, overseeing the unification of most of the Italian city-states. In 1871 Florence relinquished the honor of being the capital of the Kingdom of Italy when the final unification of Italy was effected by the capitulation of Rome.


Students are housed with Italian families (two students share a room) and have breakfasts and dinners provided Monday – Thursday. Students are responsible for meals on Fridays and weekends. Single accommodations are available at an additional supplement. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from the host country nationals.


LdM arranges several excursions in the Tuscany region and beyond. Two overnight excursions will be included in the total cost of the program, while others will be available on-site for an additional fee. possible destinations include:

Florence, as any other major city, offers students a variety of cultural and social activities. The city offers a range of restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, theaters, and other recreational facilities.


Florence, Italy

Program Cost (2020)

  • two 3-credit courses: $6,592
  • one 6-credit language course: $5,460
  • restoration workshop: $7,720

Cost includes LdM tuition, shared homestay, orientation, two excursions, meals, laundry, ground transportation, UHM Study Abroad and other fees. Students who opt for single accommodation will pay a supplement.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Florence is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or make their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students. The minimum requirement is a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have passed the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and two academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center to receive consideration.

Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.